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at least to be good citizens," he said.
In the area of tuition costs, McPherson and
Bollinger complimented each other for attempting
to keep costs down for in-state students. McPher-
son said that although it is "an ongoing struggle" to
keep costs down, Michigan State has managed to
hold tuition increases below the level of inflation.
"The cost we charge in tuition is one of the best
bargains you will ever find," Bollinger said.
While conceding that out-of-state student
tuition remains high, he maintained that students
get a lot out of their tuition dollars. He joked that
he sometimes thinks of the University as a "fancy
"We have swimming pools, ... outstanding
weather for two or three months and then there's
social entertainment. Sometimes I think the Univer-
sity is basically a dating service with an educational
component," Bollinger said to laughter.
Bollinger and McPherson also took the oppor-
tunity to praise their respective universities,
something Bollinger called "one of the great
things about being president of an institution."
McPherson boasted that Michigan State has
the largest study abroad program in the country,
while Bollinger countered with the University's
recently renamed Gerald R. Ford School of Pub-
The forum also gave area high school students
an opportunity to hear more about the two uni-
versities and potential employers ideas of what
kind of education their future hires are receiving.
Dave Bearce, a senior at Riverview Communi-
ty High School, said he was pleasantly surprised
by the presentation. "I definitely got more out of
it then I thought I would," he said.
To the students contemplating the merits of
East Lansing versus Ann Arbor, Bollinger
offered the advice that students should pick the
place they feel the most comfortable with.
But, he added, even if students are not accept-
ed, they could definitely succeed at other
"Life doesn't turn on what college or universi-
ty you go to," he said.
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Firestone announces retirement of CEO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Masatoshi Ono stepped down as chief executive and
chairman of the embattled Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. yesterday, two months
after the tire maker announced a massive recall.
John Lampe, an executive vice president, was named the successor to Ono,
who will return to the parent company at Tokyo and remain a member of the
board of directors.
Ono did not attend an afternoon news conference called by company officials t
announce management changes as the result of the company's Aug. 9 recall of 6.5
million tires because of safety concerns. However, Ono has said he was not retiring
because of the recall, but rather for health reasons. Lampe said the recall is a set-
back for the company, but Bridgestone/Firestone will come back strong.
"There have been accidents and rollovers with Ford Explorers equipped with
Firestone tires. We can debate over cause and responsibility, about who knew
what and when. But that does not change the fact that these accidents happened
and we at Bridgestone/Firestone will remember this our entire lives," he said.
"We know that many people, not just in the United States, but around the world
are now questioning our integrity and the safety of our tires. And we know that we
can't blame anyone else for people losing trust in Firestone products - not our cu
tomers, not our business partners, not the media or Congress. The responsibility is
ours," Lampe said.
Convicted man put trial judge should have informed the
jury that Ramdass would never be eli-
to death in Virginia gible for parole if sentenced to life in
prison, and the court later rejected it.
JARRATT, Va. - A man convicted Yesterday, when asked for a final
of killing a convenience store clerk statement before his execution, Ram-
during a 1992 robbery was executed dass said: "Redskins are going to the
last night, nearly a year after the Super Bowl," and then laughed.
Supreme Court halted his scheduled
execution so it could hear his appeal. N. Korean official
Bobby Lee Ramdass was con-
demned for the killing of Mohammad meets with Clinton
Kayani during a.robbery of the store
in Fairfax County. Ramdass was exe- WASHINGTON - President Clin-
cuted by injection. ton met yesterday with a top North
According to testimony at his trial, Korean military commander, the first
Ramdass screamed at Kayani to open encounter between a U.S. president and
the store's safe "or I'll blow your ... a senior official of the hard-line com-
head off." He then shot Kayani and munist nation. Jo Myong Rok, vice
laughed as he stood over the body. chairman of North Korea's powerfu
Gov. Jim Gilmore, in a statement National Defense Commission, bore-a
denying clemency, noted that after letter from North Korean leader Kim
Ramdass shot Kayani he tried to shoot Jong II that contained ideas on building
customers in the store who were lying a better relationship with the United
on the floor during the robbery but his States, the White House said. Jo's three-
gun wouldn't fire. day visit, which began Monday in San
Ramdass was three hours from exe- Francisco, has fed cautious optimism
cution on Nov. 23, 1999, when the among U.S. officials that North Korea
Supreme Court issued a stay to hear is beginning to emerge from half a cen-
his appeal. The appeal contended the tury of isolation and Stalinist dogma. *
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U.N. ap eals to Minister Igor Ivanov and European
PP Union security chief Javier Solana.
Israel, Palestinians Annan, seeking to resolve the crisis
that has brought the Israeli-Palestinian
JERUSALEM - Amid scattered peace process to the brink of extinctio-
but ugly new outbreaks of violence in has taken on another difficult task a
the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the U.N. well: Trying to broker the release of
secretary-general appealed yesterday to three Israeli soldiers captured on the
Israel and the Palestinians to get back to Lebanon border by the Shiite Muslim
the bargaining table and end the cycle guerrillas of Hezbollah.
of killing. "The region has suffered
enough"he said.MSudan kept off U.N.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak k p t
said it was too soon to tell if the rela- security council
tive calm of recent days would hold
after a series of ferocious clashes that UNITED NATIONS - A U
have left 88 people dead since Sept. campaign to deny Sudan a seat on the
28, most of them Palestinians. Hours U.N. Security Council ended success-
after he spoke, a 12-year-old Palestin- fully yesterday as U.N. members
ian shot in the head during a stone- chose the tiny island nation of Mauri-
throwing clash with Israeli soldiers tius to represent Africa on the council
was declared brain dead. for the next two years.
Yesterday was a day of intense Richard Holbrooke, the U.S.
diplomatic activity, with President ambassador to the United Nations,
Clinton calling Barak and Palestinian said the vote was a victory for "rea-
leader Yasser Arafat trying to gather son" and a "total repudiation of
support for a summit. In the region to Sudan."
meet with both sides were Secretary-
General Kofi Annan, Russian Foreign - Compiledfirom Daily wire reports.
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